Lentil Lovelies

Vegan Lentil Lovelies

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I remember the first time I made these was 3 years ago for Lulu’s birthday. I had a different blog back then at ieatcupcakes.com where all my pictures were taken with an iPhone so they all looked really bad. Here was my original post. Now I have created my own lentil loaf recipe that I prefer over many others that I’ve tried. This recipe makes 15 lentil lovelies.

Lentil Loaf Ingredients

  • 1 c dry lentils
  • ⅓ c millet
  • 3 c vegetable broth (I make my own using this)
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1-5 cloves of garlic, to taste
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 parsnip (or sub another carrot)
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t black pepper
  • 1 t thyme
  • ¼ t rosemary
  • ¼ t sage
  • ½ c oat flour (or sub almond flour)
  • 2 T ground flax seed (or sub chia seeds)
  • ¼ c mashed potato flakes
  • ½ c almond flour (or sub leftover almond pulp from making almond milk)
  • ¼ c ketchup
  • 1 T molasses

Lentil Loaf Directions

Rinse the lentils and millet.

Boil the broth, lentils, and millet in a medium-sized pot.

Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until liquid is absorbed (30-60 minutes), stirring occasionally.

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Cut 15 squares of parchment paper and use a glass or your hand to press the paper into each cubby of a cupcake pan, making sure the parchment paper hangs over the edges by an inch or 2. 6” square pieces are a good size.

Peel the onion and process it in a food processor (or dice by hand).

Sauté the onion in olive oil in a cast iron pan over medium heat.

Process the carrot, parsnip, garlic, and celery until they’re chopped finely (or dice or grate by hand).

Add the carrot, parsnip, garlic, and celery to the pan and sauté for 5 more minutes.

Add the spices to the pan, and remove from heat. (If you live in the bay area, I have wayyyy too much rosemary growing in my yard, so please come and help yourself.)

Mix the lentils, millet, sautéed veggies, oat flour, almond flour, and ground flax seed. Stir well.

Scoop the mixture into each cubby of the muffin pan (lined with parchment paper) using an ice cream scoop if you have one.

Scooping the lentil mixture into the cupcake cubbies

Press the scoops down into the cubbies with the back of the scoop.

Bake the little lentil loaves for 15 minutes, and remove them from the oven.

Mix the ketchup and molasses together to create a BBQ glaze.

Spread the glaze on top of each little lentil loaf.

Adding BBQ glaze to each little lentil loaf

Bake the glazed little lentil loaves for 10 more minutes.

Mashed Potatoes Ingredients

  • 2 pounds potatoes
  • ¼ c organic earth balance or Miyoko’s butter
  • ½ c almond milk (or sub any unsweetened, unflavored nondairy milk)
  • 1 t salt
  • ½ t pepper
  • paprika, parsley, and/or dill for garnish (optional)

Mashed Potatoes Directions

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If you have an instant pot, you can pressure cook the potatoes and water on high for 10 minutes and slow release the pressure.

Peel the potatoes, cutting off any bad spots.

Cut the potatoes into one-inch cubes, place in a pot, and cover with water.

Boil the potatoes on high heat, reduce heat to medium, and boil for 15 minutes.

Drain the potatoes in a colander in the sink.

Transfer the potatoes back to the pot, add the earth balance, salt, and pepper, and mash with a potato masher or use a stand mixer to whip them.

Add nondairy milk slowly to the potatoes until they are a creamy consistency (pictured below).

Whisking vegan mashed potatoes

Transfer the mashed potatoes to a piping bag. Pipe potatoes onto lentil muffins.

Garnish the lentil lovelies with parsley, dill, and/or paprika (optional).

Vegan lentil lovelies

These can be made in advance, chilled overnight, and reheated in an oven for 15 minutes until mashed potato tops have browned slightly. If you want to watch me piping mashed potatoes onto these on periscope (so basically watching a video of me talking to my phone), you can click here.

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